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From Sofia: Private Transfer to Spa in Sapareva Banya

1. From Sofia: Private Transfer to Spa in Sapareva Banya

Start your tour at 9:00 AM and your guide will take you from your hotel in Sofia to the region of Sapareva Banya. Have the unique opportunity to dive into the hot thermal waters and enjoy the magnificent panorama at the bottom of the mountain. Explore the place with the hottest geyser in Europe. Discover why the mineral water of Separeva Banya is highly regarded and was used as a cure by Thracians and Romans. It is claimed that the water treats disorders of the musculoskeletal system, nervous system, and upper respiratory tract. Enjoy 3-4 hours in the spa to completely relax. Nearby are situated many restaurants where you can enjoy lunch. At about 3:00 PM board your transfer to Sofia.

From Sofia: Rose Festival Full-Day Tour

2. From Sofia: Rose Festival Full-Day Tour

Begin your tour early with rose-picking in the rose gardens around Karlovo or Kazanlak. This beautiful ritual has been celebrated for over a century and includes local singing and dancing performances. Move on for a distillery tour with detailed explanations of the local rose traditions, distillation process, and the importance of roses for the development of the area. Sit down for a lunch in a warm and welcoming traditional restaurant in a nearby village. Visit the Thracian Tomb and Shipka monument in the afternoon depending on the official program of the festival. Head to Karlovo main square, the scene for many local dances and performances in traditional costumes. Have a chance to learn a little bit about the Bulgarian traditional customs with a tasting and presentation known as The Bread of the Bulgarians: Ritual, Customs and Faith. Finally, return to Sofia at around 7:00 PM.

Sofia: Walk and Hike in Vitosha Mountain and Pancharevo Lake

3. Sofia: Walk and Hike in Vitosha Mountain and Pancharevo Lake

Begin your tour at 10:00 AM, meeting your guide at your hotel. First, head to Pancharevo Lake which is about 30- 40-minute drive away from the center of Sofia (depending on the season, it is possible to go first to the mountain). Around the lake, walk and enjoy the beautiful nature, away from the noise of the big city. There are also hiking trails, several park areas with coffee shops, and restaurants available here.  In the afternoon, head to Vitosha which is the first park in Bulgaria and on the Balkan Peninsula. Here, there are many paths from which you can choose to hike and each hike can be adjusted to your preferences (some paths are relatively easily accessible) and usually take between 1 and 2 hours. The main path goes to the natural phenomena "stone river". From this area, you will also have the chance to see the beautiful panoramic views of Sofia. In the winter, it is also possible to go up in the mountain if you want to enjoy the snow, but of course the walking will be much more limited because of the winter conditions.

Private Day Trip to Vitosha Mountain: Winter Sports and Spa

4. Private Day Trip to Vitosha Mountain: Winter Sports and Spa

With this tour you can go on skiing or snowboarding in the Vitosha Mountain, just on the outskirts of Sofia! The height of the mountain is around 1,800 meters and the winter zones have variety of tracks with different difficulties. Once you have arrived you will be able to rent all the equipment needed and buy half a day lift card, valid from 09:00 AM to 12:30 PM. A teacher can also be arranged at an additional cost if requested. After the lunch break, you will go to a relaxing thermal SPA complex. It has a wide variety of spa facilities and treatments. For the lovers of spas and relaxation the complex offers an area where you can relax and re-energize in the aroma sauna, Finnish sauna, steam bath, aqua relax, relaxation area with warm beds and ice-cold bath, all of which are included in the price of the tour. In addition, there are massage rooms, a room for Turkish massage with a private sauna, and a Jacuzzi for two. For fans of spa therapies there are a variety of facial and body treatments.

From Sofia: Full-Day Tour to Plovdiv and Bachkovo Monastery

5. From Sofia: Full-Day Tour to Plovdiv and Bachkovo Monastery

On this full-day tour you will visit Plovdiv and the Bachkovo Monastery, located 170 kilometers from Sofia. You will start your journey from Sofia in the morning and first visit the old town of Plovdiv for a 2.5-hour walking tour through the Roman and medieval remains. You will then have some free time for a stroll along the main street in Plovdiv, enjoy an open-air café, or a quick kebab sandwich. Before returning to Sofia in the evening, stop at the Bachkovo Monastery (30 minute-drive from Plovdiv), where you can admire the churches and the dining room wall paintings from 1602. Plovdiv is one of the oldest European towns, contemporary to Troya and Mikena. It has existed as a settlement for about 8,000 years, and became a town 3,000 years ago during the Troyan war. In the historic quarter of the city you will see beautifully decorated Revival period houses, the ancient fortress-wall, the Roman forum and stadium, and magnificent churches. The old city of Plovdiv with its museums, historical sites, ancient houses, and paved streets is the perfect place for sightseeing.

Sofia: Romantic Tour

6. Sofia: Romantic Tour

Discover the romantic side of the beautiful city of Sofia with a local professional guide. Admire the stunning beauty of the capital city of Bulgaria with your partner on this romantic tour. Wander through the most beautiful areas and feel spellbound by its charming atmosphere. Bulgaria, the oldest country in Europe, is filled with history and architecture. Hear about many historical love stories, hidden in the pretty old lanes, buildings, and parks in the city. Know about the heartbreaking and tragic to the hilarious or spicy stories of the romantic legends. Find the best place in the city for a date and where you can take the most beautiful photos. Along the way, discover the reason why the Bulgarian roses are the symbol of the country. Admire the warm and welcoming vibe of this hidden gem on a romantic tour. This tour is especially recommended to take around the Saint Valentine period.

Sofia: Christmas Magic Walking Tour

7. Sofia: Christmas Magic Walking Tour

Get into the holiday spirit on this guided walking tour in Sofia, Bulgaria. Together with a professional local guide, visit the most beautifully decorated places including St. Sophia Church, the Christmas Market, and more. Learn miraculous Christmas stories and legends. This special time of year brings magic to Sofia. Visit St. Sophia Church, Sofia Opera and Ballet, and the museum. Shop and taste local Christmas products at the old-fashioned Christmas market located in the City Garden. Walk Sofia’s main commercial street, Vitosha Boulevard, and feel spellbound by the charming Christmas atmosphere all around, something you can only experience this time of year in Sofia.

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What people are saying about Sofia

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Beautiful and interesting day at Plovdiv

The trip was very beautiful and interesting. We were picked up at our hotel in the morning and went to Plovdiv. During the car ride we already learnt a lot about Bulgarian culture and Sofia, In Plovdid we saw the amazing old town and after a tour we had some free time in Plovdiv. Our guide was extremely friendly and knowledgable. He took our interests in consideration at all times. Once we were interested in certain things we could spend more time there. We had such an amazing day and definitely recommend this tour.

The tour was only me so I had plenty of time get to know the locations and the guide. Georgi was fantastic. He answered my million questions and just seemed to enjoy the day with me. Highly recommend both locations!

Amazing tour

An amazing tour to the second largest city in Bulgria. The guide was so polite an nice, he is the one who made the trip just fantastic. The guide has good knowlage of the places that we vistied. Higly recommanded.

Nice places, very professional guides

Plovdiv was an unknown place for me The two guides (french speaking and english) were very professional and very passionate about what they were doing.

Lovely day in nature. Our guide Albena was sweet and nice to be with. I would like to meet her again